By Maeve Ingoldsby & Philip Hardy

“You will be hard pressed to find a more energised and boisterously funny show for children this year.” – The Irish Times, February 29th, 2008

The Bus (2008) - Gareth O'Connor and Gus McDonagh

The Bus (2008) - Gareth O'Connor and Gus McDonagh (Photo: Dylan Vaughan)

The social world of a child is a minefield of shifting allegiances, uncertain loyalties, sudden hostilities, unspoken rules, pranks and casual cruelties. Fitting in is a challenge, especially when you’re just ten years old and starting at a new school.

The Bus follows the progress of the new boy as he familiarises himself with the politics of the school bus and learns for himself the rules for survival – and acceptance.

This is an ensemble piece with seven actors playing multiple roles. The production zings with explosive energy and breathtaking physical hijinks. As always with Barnstorm, while the play specifically reflects the child’s world, its universal theme makes it relevant to all ages.

A play for children aged 6 – 12 years.

The ProductionProduction History
Actor 1: Gareth O'ConnorWatergate Theatre, Kilkenny5th - 13th February, 2008
Actor 2: John MortonBackstage, Longford18th - 19th February, 2008
Actor 3: Phoebe ToalGlór, Ennis21st - 22nd February, 2008
Actor 4: Dylan KennedyCivic Theatre, Tallaght25th - 29th February, 2008
Actor 5: Jenny FennessyMullingar Arts Centre3rd - 4th March, 2008
Actor 6: Gus McDonaghTown Hall Theatre, Galway6th - 7th March, 2008
Actor 7: Samatha HeaneyDunamaise Arts Centre13th - 14th March, 2008
Director: Philip HardyDraíocht, Blanchardstown31st March - 1st April, 2008
Set Design: Carol BeteraHawk's Well Theatre, Sligo3rd - 4th April, 2008
Music: John RyanAn Táin, Dundalk7th - 8th April, 2008
Lighting Design: Sinead McKennaÍontas Theatre, Casleblayney10th - 11th April, 2008
Costume Design: Bernie McCoyPavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire14th - 15th April, 2008
Movement: Eric LaceyGarter Lane, Waterford17th - 18th April, 2008
Set Engineering: James PowellSiamsa Tíre21st - 22nd April, 2008
Production Manager: Michael Burke
Technical Manager: Joe Glasgow
Tour/Stage Manager: Steve Rider
Deputy Stage Manager: Ceire Hoey
Set Construction: T.P.S.
Transport: Simon Burke